All of St. Mary's students are taught about the goodness of God and the beauty of His creation. This fall, they are learning about metamorphosis. Thanks to Mrs. Kathy Goetz and her love of nature, along with Ms. Gaspers love of butterflies, students from kindergarten through fourth grade are seeing nature up close and personal. Mrs. Goetz has provided cages of fresh milkweed and caterpillars to the classes and checks on them almost daily.
Students are witnessing the life cycle of monarch butterflies from eggs through the emergence of the butterfly.
After watching these stages and sometimes being lucky enough to actually witness a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, classes gather outside, say a prayer, and then release the newly formed butterfly to the winds of natural flight. The students are helping the migration phenomenon because butterflies are the only insect that migrates.
So far, kindergarteners have had 7 females and 13 males emerge; first grade has had eleven and are waiting for 5 more to emerge; second grade has had five; fourth grade has had one male/one female with two more in the chrysalis stage. Mrs. Embury's third graders are unique because they're waiting for the emergence of their Eastern Black Swallowtails.
How lucky the students are here at St. Mary's School. God is good.